Thursday, March 5, 2009

Making Twitter Work for you

Are you signed up to Twitter? If, like me, you are relatively new to this social networking tool, there may be things it can do for you of which you are unaware.

I just read the April 2009 ASJA Newsletter which is available to the public. This is a free newsletter packed with a lot of useful information. You can access the public files at http://www.asja.org/newspub/newspub.php (There is also a paid version which has significantly more information.)

There was one article of particular note written by Kathy Sena, "Take Your Writing to the Next Level with Social Media. In this article, Ms. Sena discusses ways you can increase your public image using social media tools, including Twitter. There is a sidebar which lists several people you should be following to learn more about Twitter and what it can do for you.

There was also a section which discussed an aspect of Twitter which can be quite useful to you in seeking out new writing opportunities. Twitter Search, available at http://search.twitter.com/ Just to see what would happen, I put in "writers needed." Eighteen tweets popped up in the search list all showing urls where you can check out writing opportunities. All of these tweets were posted in one day.

Granted if you try to read every tweet from every person you are following, you won't have time to write. However, if you are careful who you follow, and if you use tools such as Twitter Search, Twitter can help you in your writing career.

As I find out more about Twitter and what it can do to help you as a writer, I will share that information here.

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